About

Wayne Theatre Staff

Tracy Straight, Executive Director

Tammy Rowzie, Director of Finance

Kim Reiter, Director of Operations

Peggy Caister, Director of Advancement

Corey Holmes, Director of Education

Lesley Larsen, Artistic Director

Sarah Cramer, Resident Music Director

Liz Moss, Curator

Chris Wray, Production Assistant


Consultants

Gary Kirby, Director of Production

Scott Linton, Sound Engineer

Drew Thompson, Lighting Designer

Shannon Sankar, Marketing

Waynesboro’s premier live entertainment performance venue in which all of the arts may be appreciated, enjoyed, learned and supported.

Welcome to the historic Wayne Theatre/Ross Performing Arts Center. As you see, we have so much to celebrate. The Wayne Theatre has had quite a history of making an impact on our community since it first opened its doors as a vaudeville house in 1926.

The Wayne’s restoration and re-opening in 2016 was fueled by a handful of community members who had the vision of what the Wayne could mean to the community. We like to say that the restoration of the theatre was done by the community, for the community and ultimately is being given back to the community. The dream was that when the restoration was complete, the theatre would be a gift to the community where all ages could come together to be educated, enriched, enlightened and enchanted.

Thus far, we have had patrons from 33 states and numerous countries. We are the first theatre experience for many students, and to date, more than 14,000 students have come through our doors for an Arts Education program. Our Arts Education program offers performances for Pre-K through adults and encourages our community to be life-long learners.

Our Mission

The Wayne Theatre Alliance promotes the artistic, cultural, and educational opportunities and the economic vitality of Waynesboro and adjacent region through the operation and preservation of the Ross Performing Arts Center at the historic Wayne Theatre as a performing arts/conference facility.

Grand Re-Opening Ribbon Cutting. April 19, 2016. Photo by Mark Miller Photography



Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement


The Wayne Theatre is dedicated to supporting, fostering, and encouraging an inclusive, consent-based theatre community. To that end, the Wayne understands the importance of ensuring that our organization is a safe space for all, regardless of identity, race, faith, abilities, gender and background. As such the Wayne puts people first.  We are devoting time, energy, and resources to support diversity, equity and inclusion in our organization. We are committed to improving and increasing the cultural diversity, equity and inclusion of our audiences, staff, artists, board, and programming. Our primary aim is to intentionally identify and eliminate systemic practices that could be exclusionary to staff, artists, and patrons in order to ensure that the Wayne is a safe space filled with respect, mindful attention to all and a furthering of the arts in our community.

Timeline

The Wayne opened on January 18, 1926, with plans to be a vaudeville/movie house. It advertised itself as the “finest theatre in the Shenandoah Valley.” It had an orchestra pit with organ, and a small “Wayne Orchestra” entertained the audience before the program.

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